To the disappointment of many Biore beauty product lovers, Biore is not a cruelty-free brand. Biore sells its products in mainland China, and they have mandatory animal testing laws, so even if this brand doesn’t directly test on animals, they have given permission for the testing to be done in other markets.
Biore, owned by Japan-based parent company Kao, is known for its pore strips, daily face washes, and charcoal cleansers. They’ve been an incredibly popular brand over the years, and their products are sold worldwide, so many people were upset to learn about their loose animal testing policies.
In addition to agreeing to animal testing where it is required, some of their products also contain animal or by-product ingredients, so vegan shoppers aren’t any luckier in this case. If you’re one of the people that was upset by this news, don’t worry: there are plenty of alternatives.
Before we talk about the alternatives, we want to clear one thing up: many people think that beauty and cosmetics products are just tested on mice or lab rats. This may help them justify their decisions, but it’s simply not true. When products are tested on animals, there are few regulations on the type of animal. Traditional products may be tested on mice and rabbits, but they’re tested on cats and dogs, too.
A good way to think about it is if the product has chemicals and dyes in it that you wouldn’t want touching your pet, why should it be tested on other animals? Not to get too dark on you, but lab animals, regardless of what kind they are, are often kept in tiny cages before, during, and after testing, and many of them end up blinded, maimed or even killed. So, next time you hear someone say “they’re just lab rats,” you can set the record straight.
Now, the alternatives will differ by company depending on which products you’re looking for, so we’ll break it down into their two most popular categories: strips and cleansers. If you’re looking for pore strips to replace your Biore ones, the best cruelty-free alternative we’ve found is the one put out by Formula 10.0.6.
The product is called “Down To The Pore – Blackhead Banishing Pore Strips,” so you know exactly what to look for on their section of the Ulta Beauty website when you get there. They work exactly the same way as the Biore ones, so you won’t have a new process to get used to. But why would you forget what you were going there for? Because Formula 10.0.6 offers tons of other great products, too!
They offer a pretty wide range of moisturizers, skin treatments, cleansers, masks, and scrubs, so you might be able to replace some of your other traditional products while you’re there, too. This brand isn’t one of the big ones yet, but they’ve been gaining popularity over the years because they’re cruelty-free and they offer so many different products to choose from. Most of their products are also vegan.
If you’re looking for an alternative to their deep-cleaning face washes or charcoal cleansers, it’s hard to beat Burt’s Bees. Their soapbark and chamomile deep cleansing cream may be made with very different ingredients from what you’d find in Biore, but at least we can pronounce these ones! The natural ingredients in the cleanser are great for cleaning (soapbark), replenishing (chamomile and coconut oil), and refreshing (menthol).
When it comes to cruelty-free and vegan shopping, there are plenty of other options to test out. If you have products at home that know you love, look for the Leaping Bunny seal, the PETA certification, or cruelty-free claims on the packaging. But don’t stop there: if you don’t see any certifications and only see uncertified claims, do a quick Google search to confirm.
You can also search PETA.org and the Leaping Bunny’s website to confirm that they haven’t been recently added. Many companies have been making false claims about being cruelty-free recently in an attempt to stay relevant and keep their profits up as more and more people choose cruelty-free alternatives, so you can’t be too careful.
Here are some other really popular cruelty-free beauty and cosmetics brands that are waiting for you to come try them out:
- It Cosmetics
- Too Faced
- Cover FX
- Jeffree Star
- Everyday Minerals
- Urban Decay
- ELF Cosmetics
- Physician’s Formula
- Lit Cosmetics
- Nude by Nature
- Becca Cosmetics
- Kat Von D
- Bare Minerals
- The Body Shop
- Essence Makeup
- Tarte Cosmetics
These are just a few of the forward-thinking companies that have made the move to cruelty-free policies, and more are getting added to the list each day. The best way to keep on top of changes that are occurring in this area is to perform regular searches, look for updates, follow PETA or the Leaping Bunny, and read our posts on cruelty-free company statuses!
Few things are better than knowing you’re supporting an important cause, helping to keep voiceless animals safe, and driving change with likeminded people. But in case you need more, cruelty-free products are usually made with better ingredients, too.
These better ingredients might include things like organic herbal blends, chamomile, coconut milk, kale and other plant extracts, essential oils, and vitamins. With fewer synthetic dyes, sulfates, preservatives, and parabens and more natural ingredients like the ones listed above (and many others), cruelty-free products are usually much better for your skin.
What does that mean for you? Likely, a few things:
- Fewer breakouts
- Less of a chance of an allergic reaction
- Decrease in other skin irritations like rashes, inflammation, dry flakes, and breakouts
And let’s be real here, all of us could benefit from fewer skin irritations! When you’re done marveling at your glowing skin from using these products, you’ll notice that they’re also helping you make more mindful beauty and cosmetic product choices.
Cruelty-free is tested in more ethical ways, it’s better for you, doesn’t break the bank, and gives you the chance to take a stand for something you care about. There are plenty of brands out there that know these things and choose not to test on animals because of it.
So, what are you waiting for?